It: Chapter 2 Trailer Coming Soon, See A Chilling New Poster Now

A new trailer for It: Chapter Two will be released on July 18 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET, and ahead of that, a chilling new poster for the movie has arrived.

It depicts the glowing, yellow eyes of Pennywise the Clown, and it’s pretty creepy. The tagline for the film appears to be “It Ends,” which seems to be a reference to how the grown-up members of The Losers’ Club who reunite 27 years after the events of the 2017 film to fight the clown again.

It: Chapter Two stars James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone as the grown-up versions of the kids from the first movie. Bill Skarsgard returns as Pennywise, while the kids from the first movie including Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Chosen Jacobs, and Jack Dylan Grazer.

The first movie’s director, Andy Muschietti, is returning to direct the sequel as well. The movie comes to theatres in September. The first trailer was released back in May, and it depicted a tense scene between Jessica Chastain’s character, Beverly, and Pennywise in a different form. You can watch the trailer in the embed above.

Javier Bardem In Talks To Join The Little Mermaid – Report

Following the news this week that Harry Styles was in talks to play Prince Eric in Disney’s new live-action Little Mermaid, it’s now been reported that Javier Bardem is also in discussions to join the new film.

Variety reports that Bardem is “in talks” to play King Triton. He is the father of Ariel, who will be played by Halle Bailey. According to reports, Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play the evil Ursula.

DISInsider was first to report that Bardem was in talks to play Triton. The site also reports that the plot of the movie will focus more on Ariel’s mother; Disney is reportedly currently looking to cast that part.

Bardem is a three-time Oscar nominee who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in No Country for Old Men. He’s worked with Disney before, having starred as Captain Salazar in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge. He’s also known for portraying the villain, Silva, in the James Bond movie Skyfall.

The new Little Mermaid is directed by frequent Disney director Rob Marshall, who previously directed Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Into the Woods, and Mary Poppins Returns. The film will use songs from the 1989 original movie, along with new ones from Disney legend Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

It was recently reported that Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) and Jacob Tremblay (Room) are in discussions to play Scuttle and Flounder, respectively. This has yet to be confirmed, however.

Resident Evil 5 And 6 Switch Release Dates, Triple Pack With RE4 Announced

Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 were announced for Nintendo Switch back in June during E3, and now Capcom has announced exactly when they’ll release on Nintendo’s hybrid system. Not only that, but Capcom announced the Resident Evil Triple Pack for Switch that contains Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 5, and Resident Evil 6.

Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 release on Nintendo Switch through the eShop on October 29. The games are priced at $30 USD each. Resident Evil 5 for Switch comes with all of the Gold Edition content, while Resident Evil 6 for Switch comes with all previously released DLC, including the Mercenaries and Agent Hunt modes.

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As for the Resident Evil Triple Pack, this compilation package includes Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 5, and Resident Evil 6 for Nintendo Switch. RE4 comes on a cartridge, while RE5 and RE6 are digital codes. The Resident Evil Triple Pack costs $60 USD, and it also releases on October 29.

While RE 5 and RE 6 don’t release until October for Switch, Capcom is bringing both titles to San Diego Comic-Con. You can find them at the Capcom booth, which is #215 in Hall A.

Warcraft Movie Director Says More People Appreciate The Movie Now, But Sequels Remain Unlikely

The 2016 Warcraft movie from director Duncan Jones made more than $433 million worldwide, but despite that huge box office number, it appears the sequels that Jones wanted to make are not going to happen–and there are a number of reasons why that is.

Jones told Collider that he would have “loved” to make two more movies to complete the trilogy, but it’s looking unlikely that the follow-ups will be made. Despite that, Jones said he thinks Warcraft is being appreciated more and more now, as time goes on.

“It really would have been pretty special,” he said of his plans for a trilogy. “It’s unfortunate now, you gotta try and go with your harp on these things. I made the film as best I could on the first film hoping that it would connect with an audience. I genuinely think that in retrospect and as time has moved on, people are starting to appreciate the film than maybe the critics did when it first came out but unfortunately I don’t think we’re going to get to make any more.”

Jones said this three-film arc for Warcraft would have included further storytelling for Gul’dan and Thrall, and on a wider level, how the orcs left their home world to live in Azeroth.

Also in the interview, Jones spoke about the challenging nature of working with so many different stakeholders to get Warcraft made.

“It was an absolute… The essence of studio filmmaking,” he said. “I got a chance to experience multiple studios takes on what a film of this size should be on one movie because it was originally. Originally, we were Warner Brothers, I was working with Atlas, I was working with Universal. It was working with Legendary, I was working with Blizzard and obviously Blizzard were very passionate about what film should be because they are who had been with the game for so long and they didn’t want to detract from that. So there were more points as to what the film needed to be. And then Legendary was bought by Wanda while we were making the movie. So it was a unique moment in time for experiencing what kind of craziness studio filmmaking could be.”

Warcraft only made $47.4 million in the US and Canada, but it made $386.3 million–or 89.1 percent of its total box office revenue–from overseas markets. China accounted for a massive $213.5 million of the movie’s international grosses. On a worldwide basis, Warcraft is the 258th biggest movie ever, ahead of Detective Pikachu and numerous other franchise movies.

Warcraft had a reported budget of $160 million, so $433 million in worldwide grosses sounds like a success story. However, as ScreenRant points out, Hollywood studios only make about 25 percent of a film’s gross in China, so Warcraft’s $213.5 million in China netted Legendary only $53.4 million. In America, a film studio typically takes home around 50 percent off the box office. Using that math, ScreenRant estimates that Warcraft actually only made $145 million, which is below its reported production budget; and this number doesn’t even count marketing expenses. Looking at the numbers through that light, it’s not hard to understand why the Warcraft sequels aren’t coming.

Warcraft stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Robert Kazinsky, Clancy Brown, and Daniel Wu.

As for Jones, he went on to release the low-budget sci-fi movie Mute for Netflix in 2018. It is in the same universe as his 2009 breakout hit Moon starring Sam Rockwell. Jones had said he had plans for a third movie in that connected universe, but for now, it’s only a graphic novel. “

“It’s going to be a tricky one to finance in this era where original material on a bigger budget is difficult to get made, so I definitely want to do the graphic novel so at least it will exist in some form,” he told Polygon. “Then, hopefully, if people read the graphic novel and get really excited about it, I’m gonna try and use that as a way to leverage getting the movie made.”

Baz Luhrmann Casts His Elvis For New Biopic

Miles Teller, Harry Styles, Ansel Elgort, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Austin Butler tried out for the role of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic, and now the Oscar nominated director has chosen his star.

Butler will play The King.

Butler will appear alongside Tom Hanks in the film. Hanks plays Presley’s longtime manager, Col. Tom Parker. Butler might not be a household name, but he’s on the rise.

The 27-year-old American actor appeared in a number of Disney Channel shows, before a big role in the 2018 Broadway show The Iceman Cometh opposite Denzel Washington. His next role is in the Quentin Tarantino movie Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

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Luhrmann earned the Best Picture Oscar nomination for 2001’s Moulin Rouge. He also directed the movies Romeo + Juliet, Australia, and The Great Gatsby, all of which were critically acclaimed.

In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, Luhrmann said, “I knew I couldn’t make this film if the casting wasn’t absolutely right, and we searched thoroughly for an actor with the ability to evoke the singular natural movement and vocal qualities of this peerless star, but also the inner vulnerability of the artist.”

Luhrmann said he learned about Butler from his role on The Iceman Cometh, and he got to know him better of “extensive screen-testing and music and performance workshops.”

“I knew unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of one of the world’s most iconic musical figures,” Luhrmann said.

Filming on the untitled Elvis biopic is scheduled to begin in 2020 in Queensland, Australia.

Prime Day: Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Cyberpunk 2077, More Pre-Orders Are On Sale

There’s been a lot of deals to keep track of now that Amazon Prime Day 2019 is in full swing, and we’re already seeing a number of changes in pricing to keep up with some competitors like Target and Walmart. While the majority of these deals are for games and hardware that have already been released, such as Resident Evil 2, Red Dead Redemption 2, and some Switch bundles, Amazon has also put some yet to be released games at a discount as well. Along with Final Fantasy VII Remake, Prime Day also has other games like Doom Eternal, Cyberpunk 2077, Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, and other upcoming games at a discount.

So far, Prime Day has offered a lot of interesting deals across all platforms. There’s a whole lot to cover and we’ve pulled together a solid batch of games for our roundup and another from CNET focusing on some interesting tech. One game, in particular, releasing soon is Wolfenstein: Youngblood, which will launch on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. Another game of note is Marvel’s Avengers. Though it’s still a long time out from its May 2020 release, we can expect to hear more from the game this week from San Diego Comic Con. So with that, here’s a roundup of some deals for some of late 2019 and early 2020 for Amazon Prime Day.

  • Code Vein — $50
  • Cyberpunk 2077$50
  • Doom Eternal — $50
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake — $50
  • Marvel’s Avengers — $50
  • Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order — $51
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood — $32

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Best Prime Day Deals

  • PlayStation Plus 12-month subscription — $36 at Massgenie
  • PS4 Slim console + Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition + Marvel’s Spider-Man (digital code) — $250 ($359) at Amazon
  • DualShock 4 PS4 controllers — $40 at Amazon
  • Nintendo Switch (neon red/blue Joy-Cons) / Nintendo Switch (gray Joy-Cons) — $300 w/ free $35 Eshop credit at Amazon
  • Nintendo Switch + select game of your choice + bonus accessory — $329 at Walmart
  • Xbox One S All-Digital Edition + Phantom White wireless controller — $200 at Amazon
  • Batman: The Complete TV Series — $36.39 at Amazon
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4 and Xbox One) — $30 at Walmart

Prime Day Flash Deal: Nintendo Switch On Sale For $265 At Ebay

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is already underway and several other online retailers and stores have responded with their own limited-time sales to compete. Walmart has a great deal on Red Dead Redemption 2, for example, and Rightstuf is offering steep discounts on anime Blu-rays and collectibles. Ebay is getting in on the action too with its Hot Days deals, and the website is currently promoting a great discount for anyone looking for a new Nintendo Switch console.

The Nintendo Switch typically has a retail price of $300. Right now, on Ebay, there’s a brand-new Nintendo Switch selling for $265. Of course, the final price will fluctuate depending on where you live in the US, as each state has different tax policies. Regardless, that’s a pretty steep discount, especially considering the rarity that Switch consoles go on sale.

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This isn’t the first discounted Nintendo Switch to become available on Ebay during Prime Day–the previous deal, which featured the neon red/blue Joy-Con edition, offered the console for $351 and sold out incredibly fast. So don’t wait long to grab this deal, as there’s no knowing when the Switch will be marked down again. So far, Amazon and other major retailers haven’t discounted the console on its own, only offered it in various bundles with different perks. You check out those deals and more in our Prime Day Nintendo Switch roundup.

The aforementioned Switch console discount brings the price of a normal Switch closer to that of a Switch Lite, a completely handheld version of Nintendo’s current generation console. The Switch Lite comes in three colors–grey, blue, and yellow–and features an actual D-pad. However, the handheld device is smaller than the traditional Switch, can’t be docked, and is unable to play certain Switch game (like Super Mario Party).

If you’re also looking for games to play on your new Switch, Amazon’s Prime Day 2019, Ebay’s Hot Days Sale, and GameStop’s Summer Sale are all offering discounts on dozens of titles. In terms of exclusives, some of the best options are The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for $50 and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee for $30. There are third-party titles on sale as well. You can grab Tales of Vesperia – Definitive Edition for $30, for instance, and the pre-order price for Wolfenstein: Youngblood – Deluxe Edition has been cut down to $32.84.

We’re compiling all of the best deals going on right now, from anime Blu-rays to tabletop games and Funko Pops to PC accessories. If you’re in the market for something new, look below to see if you might be able to buy it at a discount.

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Gears 5 Boss Clarifies The Game’s Stance On Smoking And Tobacco

Gears 5 will not feature any depictions of smoking as part of a move to avoid glamorizing the addictive and deadly habit. Rod Fergusson, the head of developer The Coalition, said in a series of tweets that he has been against depictions of smoking in Gears “from the beginning.”

He pointed out that the concept art for the character Dizzy from Gears 2 was shown with a cigarette. But in the final game, the character doesn’t smoke. That’s because Fergusson stepped in and “stopped it.”

Some Gears of War games have featured depictions of smoking, but Gears 4 had no smoking and Gears 5 will not either. Fergusson said as long as he’s in control of the Gears series, smoking will never return.

The Gears of War series was created and originally developed by Epic Games, up until the Fortnite studio sold it to Microsoft in 2014 for an undisclosed sum.

Some stories have suggested that Gears 5 at one point featured depictions of smoking and were later removed, but this isn’t true, Fergusson said. He said there is “no censorship” because Gears 5 never had smoking to begin with; you can’t remove what was never there.

People on Twitter commented that this is a strange take because the Gears franchise is a Mature-rated series with brutal depictions of violence and alcohol abuse. Why focus so much on smoking? Fergusson said he isn’t trying to be the “moral police,” but instead he wanted to cleanse Gears of smoking to avoid glamorizing smoking and because of his own personal connection to lung cancer.

“I didn’t want to glamorize something that is addictive and kill you,” he said. “Wasn’t trying to me any moral police, just reflecting my beliefs after losing friends to lung cancer. If you had the ability to create a world, what would you change?”

According to Variety, the anti-smoking group Truth Initiative approached the TV company Turner–which broadcast this weekend’s Gears 5 Summer Series event–to discuss smoking in Gears 5. According to the report, “Turner collaborated with The Coalition to strip out smoking from the game,” but something seems to be lost here, as Fergusson pointed out Gears 5 never had smoking to begin with so it couldn’t have been removed.

The Truth Initiative has for years now called out video games for glamorizing smoking. The group criticized Blizzard for putting a cigar in Overwatch hero McCree’s mouth. “The creators of Overwatch may not realize that their choice to depict a hero with a lit cigar sends an influential and potentially addictive and deadly message to the young people who play the game,” the organization said.

In 2017, the Truth Initiative released the results of a study that claimed research demonstrates that there is a link between exposure to images of smoking and the probability of young people taking up smoking.

The Truth Initiative also released a list of video games aimed at teenagers that they say glamorize smoking, including Overwatch, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, We Sing, XCOM 2, and Injustice: Gods Among Us.

Gears 5 launches in September for Xbox One and PC. The game’s first technical test takes place this weekend–here’s how to get in and everything you need to know.